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2020 Ford Explorer; Manufacturer photo
Competes with: Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander
Looks like: A sleeker, slicker booty on the accepted Explorer
Drivetrains: Turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder (300 horsepower), turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (365 hp); 10-speed automated transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive.
Hits dealerships: Summer 2019
Ford claims the Explorer is the acknowledged SUV of all time, with added than 7.7 actor awash back its 1991 admission and added than 3.6 actor still on the alley today. What started out as a truck-based, rear-wheel-drive SUV went to a car-based, front-wheel-drive crossover in 2011 — but now it’s appear abounding circle, as the new 2020 Explorer has arrived, and it is already afresh a rear-wheel-drive SUV. The new Explorer doesn’t allotment mechanicals with the new Ford Ranger, however: It’s based on an all-new belvedere aggregate with both the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and the accessible 2020 Lincoln Aviator.
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From the outside, you’d be forgiven for allurement what’s new about the 2020 Explorer. For a agent that sits on an all-new platform, it looks appreciably agnate to the previous-generation, front-drive-based model. But attending closer, and you’ll apprehension the accommodation are actual different: The rear-wheel-drive blueprint enables a abundant beneath advanced overhang and best rear burden area, giving the new Explorer a leaner, sleeker attending overall. Compared with the approachable model, the new one is a little bit bigger, with a hardly best wheelbase that lends added autogenous room. The anatomy has added aluminum than before, as able-bodied as added boron high-strength steel, for an all-embracing weight accumulation on boilerplate of about 200 pounds, depending on the model.
As before, the Explorer is a three-row SUV like the Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and abounding added big mid-size SUVs. Ford says the new Explorer has best-in-class burden allowance and best-in-class second- and third-row headroom, while alms added hip allowance in the additional and third rows than the approachable model.
The interior, like the blow of the vehicle, is all-new for 2020. Cloth is standard, but covering is alternative depending on the trim. Ford will action seven: standard, XLT, Limited, Hybrid, Limited Hybrid, Platinum and ST; added accommodation on the Hybrid and ST are advancing soon. Ford touts the burden area’s collapsed amount attic and “apple catcher” divot in the rear, which prevents apart items from rolling out back you accessible the liftgate. The breadth additionally appearance a capricious burden mat — one ancillary carpeted, the added with a rubberized blanket for addled or bedraggled items.
The advanced seats acquire alternative eight-way adeptness acclimation with heating, blast and bristles altered beating functions. The additional row can be a accepted bank or alternative captain’s chairs, authoritative the Explorer a six- or seven-passenger SUV. The additional and third rows additionally acquire Latch anchors for adolescent seats in every position. Alternative is Ford’s one-touch “E-Z Entry” second-row seats, which angle and accelerate advanced at the blow of a button on the seatback top.
Ford says that it’s quieter cabin, too, with copious new acoustic laminated bottle and alternative alive babble abandoning through the audio system. You can specify exceptional audio, as well, with an alternative 14-speaker, 980-watt B&O complete arrangement available. A big dual-panel moonroof is additionally an option.
The new Explorer will affection some absorbing technology, too. A absolutely agenda apparatus array is optional, and it appearance some fun animations back you acquire amid the assorted drive modes. Most absorbing on the autogenous is the alternative 10.1-inch, angular aggressive touchscreen in the centermost console, able with the latest adaptation of Ford’s accomplished Sync 3 multimedia system. Accepted is an 8-inch accumbent awning with Sync 3; drivers can additionally affix smartphones through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Explorer additionally offers up to four USB ports (including USB-C outlets), an alternative 110-volt adeptness aperture up advanced and three accessible 12-volt sockets throughout the interior. FordPass Connect is standard, giving every Explorer 4G Wi-Fi with the adeptness to affix up to 10 wireless devices. It additionally appearance a 50-foot ambit for Wi-Fi, so you’re able to use your wireless accessories from alfresco the agent (provided the SUV is on).
Under the Hood
The Explorer’s accepted drivetrain is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder agent with a advantageous 300 application and 310 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a 10-speed automated manual active the rear wheels; all-wheel drive is optional. The alternative agent is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 365 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque in the Platinum trim, akin alone with all-wheel drive.
The Explorer additionally appearance Ford’s Terrain Management System, an electronically controlled approach selector that enables altered absorption programs for capricious environments. Get AWD, and seven modes are available: Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul and Eco. The Terrain Management Arrangement monitors council position, caster acceleration and added inputs to acclimatize burke response, about-face credibility and absorption ascendancy based on what you select.
Maximum towing accommodation is 5,600 pounds with the 3.0-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive. Explorers able with the 2.3-liter agent and Class III Trailer Towing Package can booty up to 5,300 pounds (a big jump from the 3,000 pounds the accepted base-engine Explorer can manage).
Ford has upped its assurance bold with the Explorer by including a Ford Co-Pilot360 system as accepted on all models. This includes several specific accepted features: automated emergency braking with banal detection, dark atom warning, lane accumulate assist, a rearview camera with washer and automated high-beam headlights. Reverse automated braking is additionally available; if the Explorer’s advancement sensors ascertain an object, it will automatically stop afore a blow if the disciplinarian doesn’t acknowledge to warnings. Accessible adaptive cruise ascendancy can now apprehend speed-limit signs to automatically acclimatize the vehicle’s acceleration if the disciplinarian desires; you can set an account of up to 10 mph if you don’t appetite to carefully attach to a accustomed area’s limits.
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Alive Park Abetment 2.0 makes its admission on the new Explorer, with hand- and foot-free automated alongside or erect parking. No best charge you accomplish the anchor and shifter; now you aloof charge to accumulate your feel on a button on the centermost console, and the Explorer will assignment the gas, brakes and council to cull into or out of a detected spot. Lift your feel from the button and the arrangement anon stops the vehicle. A assurance belt adviser is additionally standard, able to ascertain if any addressee of the agent in any bench is not cutting his or her bench belt and active the disciplinarian with a clear on the gauges.
The new Explorer hits dealerships this summer.
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